The Tennessee Lady Vols (30-0) begin their quest for a Southeastern Conference

Tournament championship this afternoon in Columbus, Ga.

The Lady Vols, as the No. 1 seed in the tournament, had a first-round

bye. They will play Mississippi State at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The

game can be seen on FOX Sports South. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Kentucky

67-48 in yesterday's first round game.

Tennessee has won seven SEC Tournament championships. If they win today,

the Lady Vols will move to the semifinals and play on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 74-52 in Starkville, Miss., in the

teams' only meeting this season. The Lady Vols lead the all-time series

Diamond Vols Beat Carson-Newman

The No. 12 Volunteers (8-2) pounded out 14 hits while drawing a season-high

12 walks in a 16-2 road victory over Division II Carson-Newman (6-7) at

Silver Diamond.

Sonny Cortez paced the Vols' hitting attack with three hits, including

his seventh home run of the season, while driving in four runs. Justin Ross

also hit his third homer of the year.

Batters one through three in Tennessee's lineup combined to go 7-for-13

with two homers and six RBIs.

Freshman Jeremy Brown (1-1), making his first career start, pitched five

shutout innings in picking up his first win. Brown scattered six hits while

striking out four and walking one.

Kurt Keene also collected three hits while driving in three runs.

Joel Brown (2-2) suffered the loss for the Eagles, lasting only 3 2/3

innings, giving up four runs on five hits. After being held scoreless over

the next two frames, the Vols then plated three ion the fifth, one in the

sixth, three more in the seventh and closed the game with a five-run ninth

inning. Both of Tennessee's home runs came in the seventh.

Tennessee battles Morehead State (0-10) at home this weekend for three

games. Game times are 3 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

It will be the home opener for the Vols, who began the season with 10 consecutive

Lady Vols Golf Finish Sixth

The 11th-ranked Tennessee women's golf team completed action at the Pioneer

Electronics Bruin Classic tied for sixth with a final score of 614. Winning

the tournament was defending champion Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane finished

with a one-stroke lead over Oregon.

The tournament was shortened to 36 holes because the second round was

canceled due to rain.

The day off helped Tennessee's Erin Kurczewski, who jumped from 51st

to finish 28th. The Merritt Island, Fla., native shot a 73 for a total of

154 for the final round. Also tying for 28th were seniors Skyli Yamada and

Rachel Thompson. Yamada shot a 77 for both rounds, while Thompson shot a

75 and 79. Junior Jessica Lindbergh tied for 38th with a 156 and Anna Umemura

completed the tournament tied for 48th with a final score of 157.

Tennessee will take approximately a month off before its next tournament.

The Lady Vols will travel to Columbia, S.C., for the Lady Gamecock Classic

on Mar. 20-22.

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